Mantua Twp. to Rename Park After Fallen State Trooper

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MANTUA, N.J. -

Mantua Township is renaming Sewell Park to “Trooper Eli McCarson Memorial Park” this Thursday, to celebrate the legacy he left behind.


“A trooper’s badge is a triangle, and the points of a triangle are duty, honor, and fidelity, and he had all of those characteristics, Eli, so just something to honor him by," said Mayor Pete Scirrotto.


Almost eight months after State Trooper Eli McCarson died in an on-duty crash in Salem County, Mantua Township will host a rededication ceremony of Sewell Park.


“The township committee and myself are very happy that we were able to do this, and it’s the least we could do," said Scirrotto.self are very happy that we were able to do this, and it’s the least we could do," said Scirrotto.


The park’s new name will be “Trooper Eli McCarson Memorial Park,” to help remember their hometown hero. The Mayor says McCarson attended a local elementary school and Clearview High School, and worked in town prior to his law enforcement career.


“Lowe’s, where Eli worked part time before he became a trooper, the manager said anything we need. They gave us the edging and a few other supplies for it, and they were more than helpful to donate, which was very nice and very kind of them," said Scirrotto.


According to the Mayor, about 80% of the memorial site was donated by nearby businesses and community members. With trees, new sidewalk, benches, and a playground only feet away, the Mayor says the township came together to do something nice to remember him.


“I think what ratchets us up too, is his wife was expecting at the time that he died, and she just had the baby two weeks ago, so we just want to do something nice for them," said Scirrotto.


The park rededication ceremony for Trooper McCarson will be held this Thursday, August 11th. His father will be there to raise the flag up the new flag pole, and officially give the park a new name, for future generations, including McCarson’s son, to come and play, and remember the name of our fallen hero.


“His wife will be able to come and bring that little baby here, and show him that his dad was a good guy," said Scirrotto.